Mahkota Crystal, the country’s first and only glassblowing company, recently launched its new limited-edition fragrance collection Mahkota Oudh at its Mahkota Crystal Gallery & Glass Blowing Studio in Lambak Kanan.
The fragrance which is a collaboration between Mahkota Crystal and Golden Aswad Aroma Enterprise contains an exotic essence of agarwood (Oudh).
Mahkota Oudh has a captivating rich scent that represents a truly luxurious and premium fragrance, neatly packaged in a bottle with perfume topper resembling the Keris (ceremonial knife).
The perfume bottle is designed in black tinged and royal blue with motifs of gold leaves.
The exclusive collection is limited to one hundred pieces only where each piece is meticulously crafted by hand by local artisans.
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Finance & Economy (Economy) Dato Seri Paduka Dr Haji Abdul Manaf Haji Metussin lauded the collaboration between the two companies.
“It is encouraging to see the interaction between various industries within the private sector where synergy has been created to yield a truly unique product,” he said.
Mahkota Crystal, he added, represents a unique organisation that is currently elevating its presence in the arts industry with our own local artisans.
“The stance towards art creation by our local artisans, away from mass production, is what makes Mahkota Crystal stand out and uniquely Bruneian,” said the minister, hoping that the establishment will tap into the potential of e-commerce and emerge itself into the international market to be exposed to bigger and wider opportunities.
Moreover, the collaboration also marked Mahkota Crystal’s expanding capabilities in not just producing gifts and souvenirs but its abilities to provide packaging services for other corporate entities.
The ceremony also saw the soft launching of the company’s newly revamped website and newly introduced glass fusing workshop.
General Manager of Mahkota Crystal Pg Hj Sharifuddin Pg Hj Bakar in his opening speech said that the establishment aimed to increase awareness on the business nature as a provider of exclusive, Bruneian-made and handcrafted glass blowing art.
“We want to inculcate the appreciation of glassblowing products and its artistic value, and finally, we want to expand our customer base and tap into the potential of prospective consumers,” he said.
He also said that all of Mahkota Crystal’s artisans are Bruneian Malays who have undergone training in Malaysia and Europe.
Currently, it has three senior artisans and two assistant blowers.
With their craftsmanship and their contribution to glassblowing industry, he added, all of its three senior artisans have been conferred as Senior Member of Royal Institute of Artists, Singapore.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN